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Vale Park (ATT 5,867) 29th March 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Mathieson

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T Pope (19, 58, 74)

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K Mohamed (47)
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Last Updated: 28/03/13 4:04pm

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Doug Loft: Back for Valiants

Doug Loft: Back for Valiants

Team news for Friday's League Two clash between Port Vale and Cheltenham at Vale Park.

Captain Doug Loft will come back into the Port Vale squad following his return from suspension.

Loft has missed the last three matches and could replace Chris Birchall in the starting XI following his exertions while on international duty with Trinidad & Tobago.

Manager Micky Adams will also be boosted by the return of full-backs Richard Duffy and Dan Jones and experienced centre-half Darren Purse as he looks to get the Valiants back on track at Vale Park, where they have lost three times during a four-game winless run.

Right-back Duffy comes back into the reckoning after a virus and left-back Jones is fit again following a knee injury.

Purse would have missed last Saturday's postponed home game against Aldershot with a calf strain but the 36-year-old has resumed training and is back in contention after a two-match absence.

Midfielder Sam Morsy will complete a suspension while winger Ashley Vincent remains sidelined with the ankle injury he suffered against Bristol Rovers on March 12 but the problem is not as bad as initially feared and he is expected to return before the end of the season.

Cheltenham are sweating on the fitness of winger Kaid Mohamed and captain Russ Penn for the trip to Vale Park.

The duo, who both have knee injuries, are doubts for the clash with fellow promotion-hopefuls Port Vale. Jason Taylor replaced Penn with 23 minutes remaining of the 0-0 draw with Barnet and he could get the nod if the skipper fails a fitness test.

Manager Mark Yates will have new signing Jack Deaman available. The 19-year-old centre-back has joined on loan from Birmingham until the end of the season and trained with his new team mates on Thursday.

Fellow defender Michael Hector extended his stint with Cheltenham from Reading and is set to continue at centre-back.

The Robins visit second-placed Vale before hosting another of their rivals for a top-three place Northampton on Monday.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 13 28
2 Bury 13 26
3 Burton Albion 13 25
4 Luton Town 13 24
5 Plymouth Argyle 13 22
6 Morecambe 13 22
7 Shrewsbury Town 13 21
8 Southend United 13 21
9 Newport County AFC 13 19
10 Cheltenham Town 13 19
11 Cambridge United 13 18
12 Northampton Town 13 18
13 AFC Wimbledon 13 18
14 Portsmouth 13 17
15 Stevenage 13 17
16 Mansfield Town 13 17
17 Exeter City 13 16
18 Accrington Stanley 13 16
19 Dagenham & Redbridge 13 14
20 Oxford United 13 13
21 Carlisle United 13 12
22 Hartlepool United 13 11
23 York City 13 10
24 Tranmere Rovers 13 9